From 8′ C to 28’C in a Day – starts dark / Raining .
We left the Alberques Quattro Cantons in Belorado in the dark whose fabulous food and wooden beams at €11 plus same for dinner on a (deluxe )Menu Pelegríno ( PG ) still astonish . The whole town ate there .
Our Typical Room and boot room . You can get a lot of PG’s into one if these 😳
Here’s the start with my oh so stylish storm poncho – …. lashing it down – the idea is it covers your pack as well !!
Girls looking a tad more stylish !!
And the last sunrise in Rioja
As we walk into Castile y Leon
Where there care and consideration for travellers extends to pavement art .
Six hours of rain and 25k later on these endless forest tracks we passed some chilling 1936 civil war execution sites ; gripping memorials , careful names and family histories largely based on local hearsay and DNA and photo boards of the recent excavations in the loneliest of places – … photographing it felt inappropriate.
Sun lifts the day by 2.00 pm and as I move ahead I meet up with Johnny Boy – top bloke – for a lunch of basically what we carried – Sausage , Bread , Semi-Curado , Cheese and ( just the one 🤣) 70 cent a glass red in St Juan de Ortega .
Joined later by straggling PG’s to sit in front of the monastery and share the usual stories of track boredom , blisters and reflections .
We pass through the village of Argès with an encouraging sign that says we have reduced our Km’s from 800 to 518-..nice.
To end a 32k day in Atapuerca – whose history and Stone Age Archeaology we completely ignore to reach a chilled Cervesa Grande and extraordinary service standards and dreamy Paèlla in a simple Hostal .
Xxxxx – Ian
4 thoughts on “Extremes……”
Looking sunkissed husband. Poncho looking stylish 😂 Makes you appreciate simple things. Xxx
That simple hostel looks bludy marvellous, I bet it was long hard walk in the rain today ….. getting the miles in though, how long will it take you now ??
Debs – loving your comments . The hostels are remarkable . The food and included Vino have never let me down , simple and always aimed at replenishing depleted calories . Each one very different in old buildings . I’ve got until the 22nd as catch the midnight bus that night to Madrid xxxx
Any complaints about your snoring? Think that’ll be the one thing you won’t miss on your return….a bunk bed!
Love you lots xxx